Mobility Element Update


For additional information, call Scott Drapkin, Principal Planner at 497-0362 or by email at

General Plan Mobility Element Update - Enhanced Mobility and Complete Streets Transition Plan Introduction
In 2007, the State adopted AB 1358 (The California Complete Streets Act) - the Complete Streets Act requires the City to identify how the City will provide for the routine accommodation of all users of the roadway including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, individuals with disabilities, seniors and users of public transportation.

This bill requires, commencing January 1, 2011, that the legislative body of a city or county, upon any substantive revision of the circulation element of the general plan, modify the circulation element to plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, roads, and highways, defined to include motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children, persons with disabilities, seniors, movers of commercial goods, and users of public transportation, in a manner that is suitable to the rural, suburban, or urban context of the general plan.

The City’s goal is Update the General plan that promotes a multi-modal Laguna Beach transportation/circulation network that is pedestrian friendly, traffic-calmed, congestion-mitigated, and providing frequent and reliable transit service between home, workplace, school, recreation and shopping for residents and visitors. The plan would specifically focus on a balanced, multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, highways, sidewalks and trails, including pedestrians, bicyclists, children, persons with disabilities, seniors, movers of commercial goods and users of public transportation, as well as motorists.

The City is now beginning the process of updating the General Plan Circulation Element. The update plan is to focus on public involvement and will include public workshops and presentations to solicit input on mobility perceived conditions in the City. The workshops will include presentations and discussions in regard to the relationship of the City's current circulation conditions, and the ultimate goal of attaining a balanced multimodal transportation network. The planning process would also include separate public meetings for individual stakeholders and communities to isolate individual needs of all transportation user types and further solicit public input.

Draft Overall Project Objectives

The General Plan Mobility Element (previously called the Circulation Element) will outline a long-term, comprehensive vision for a multi-modal City transportation network and guide future transportation capital investment and development entitlement decisions. The Plan will: 

  • Consider the movement of people.Consider all modes of transportation, but emphasize alternatives to the automobile, including bus/trolley, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
  • Maximize the use of existing streets by all users.
  • Include recommendations on parking facilities and policies, including pricing and take into consideration recommendations that are concluded in the City’s upcoming Downtown and Laguna Canyon Road Parking Management Plan. 
  • Be coordinated with land use to support the City's residential, commercial, office, light industrial and visitor serving uses. 
  • Be environmentally sensitive by reducing congestion, decreasing emissions per passenger mile, and encouraging non-polluting modes of transportation, such as electric vehicles.  
  • At every stage of plan development, the plan will include public participation, solicit public input and encourage stakeholder involvement to the maximum extent possible.  
  • And more to follow.

If you would like to be included on a list to receive information and or be contacted in regard to upcoming meeting on the Mobility Element Update please contract:

Scott Drapkin, Senior Planner
City of Laguna Beach
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651